Throughout 2013 we have seen an influx of female artists from all genres breaking through and making their way into the charts. Whether that be the Haim sisters causing a stir with their Fleetwood Mac sounding debut or closer to home, Findlay and her impressive string of supporting slots. There is no doubt that this has opened the doors to many new musicians, unfortunately, with the doors fixed so widely open, these could be good or bad – naming no names here. With that in mind, indie guitar bands do seem to be en vogue at the moment, with many of these being led by female vocalists. It is a tough genre to be topping the charts with as it is so diverse, but an innovative and fresh band has the best opportunity of doing this. Lucius, a female duo from Brooklyn, New York, seem to have that spark that others are looking for.
60’s un-related, identical twins, Jess Wolf and Holly Laessig, head up the harmonious paring. ‘Don’t Just Sit There’ is a haunting take on what could be considered an indie ballad, however not to be mistaken for any cobbled together 90’s ‘belter’. It includes a passionate delivery of genuine vocal ability that could make any listener green in envy at their melodic strength. Retro hints of 70’s glam, shimmer through the song’s high point – a surprising, almost psychedelic guitar solo. Adding this splash of quirky instrumental, layers the tune with star quality, proving just how great this song is.
Lyrically, ‘Don’t Just Sit There’ can be interpreted as a heartfelt question, however has an injection of anger when the chorus turns into a plead for knowledge. Taken from their debut album, ‘Wildewoman’ – mastered by US label Mom + Pop – it is a bright feature compared to monochrome track ‘Turn It Around’ so it could be said that this could be the gateway song that gets you hooked to the peculiar musical pair, Lucius.
Already gaining momentum in the US, we can see that in they could also be loved just as much over here in the UK as their London show at The Shacklewell Arms has completely sold out. Only time will tell if they can live up to every other Indie Band currently capturing British minds, but it would be a lie to say that Lucius are a duplicate.